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Affecting perceptions of harm and addiction among college waterpipe tobacco smokers.

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Lipkus, IM; Eissenberg, T; Schwartz-Bloom, RD; Prokhorov, AV; Levy, J
Published in: Nicotine Tob Res
July 2011

INTRODUCTION: The spread of waterpipe tobacco use among youth may be due in part to perceptions that waterpipe tobacco use is safer than other tobacco products, such as cigarettes. In two pilot studies, we sought to modify college waterpipe smokers' perceived risks and worry about waterpipe tobacco smoking. METHODS: We conducted two web-based studies that varied whether college waterpipe users received information on (a) spread of and use of flavored tobacco in waterpipe and (b) harms of waterpipe smoking. Study 1 (N = 91) tested the "incremental" effects on perceptions of risk and worry of adding information about harms of waterpipe smoking to information on the spread of waterpipe and use of flavorings in the tobacco. Study 2 (N = 112) tested the effects on perceptions of risk and worry of reviewing information about harms of waterpipe smoking compared to a no information control group. In Study 1 only, we assessed as part of a 6-month follow-up (n = 70) the percentage of participants who reported no longer using waterpipe. RESULTS: Pooling data from both studies, participants who received information about the harms of waterpipe smoking reported greater perceived risk and worry about harm and addiction and expressed a stronger desire to quit. In Study 1, 62% of participants in the experimental group versus 33% in the control group reported having stopped waterpipe use. CONCLUSIONS: These are the first studies to show that perceptions of addiction and harm from waterpipe use can be modified using minimally intensive interventions; such interventions show promise at decreasing waterpipe use.

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Nicotine Tob Res

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EISSN

1469-994X

Publication Date

July 2011

Volume

13

Issue

7

Start / End Page

599 / 610

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Students
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking
  • Risk-Taking
  • Public Health
  • Pilot Projects
  • North Carolina
  • Male
 

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Lipkus, I. M., Eissenberg, T., Schwartz-Bloom, R. D., Prokhorov, A. V., & Levy, J. (2011). Affecting perceptions of harm and addiction among college waterpipe tobacco smokers. Nicotine Tob Res, 13(7), 599–610. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntr049
Lipkus, Isaac M., Thomas Eissenberg, Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom, Alexander V. Prokhorov, and Janet Levy. “Affecting perceptions of harm and addiction among college waterpipe tobacco smokers.Nicotine Tob Res 13, no. 7 (July 2011): 599–610. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntr049.
Lipkus IM, Eissenberg T, Schwartz-Bloom RD, Prokhorov AV, Levy J. Affecting perceptions of harm and addiction among college waterpipe tobacco smokers. Nicotine Tob Res. 2011 Jul;13(7):599–610.
Lipkus, Isaac M., et al. “Affecting perceptions of harm and addiction among college waterpipe tobacco smokers.Nicotine Tob Res, vol. 13, no. 7, July 2011, pp. 599–610. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/ntr/ntr049.
Lipkus IM, Eissenberg T, Schwartz-Bloom RD, Prokhorov AV, Levy J. Affecting perceptions of harm and addiction among college waterpipe tobacco smokers. Nicotine Tob Res. 2011 Jul;13(7):599–610.

Published In

Nicotine Tob Res

DOI

EISSN

1469-994X

Publication Date

July 2011

Volume

13

Issue

7

Start / End Page

599 / 610

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Students
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking
  • Risk-Taking
  • Public Health
  • Pilot Projects
  • North Carolina
  • Male